• This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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  • Summer has arrived! Keeping your kids occupied and off the couch can be a difficult task. Here are five lifesaving backyard activities that are easy and fun for everyone!

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  • In recent months, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a house. Fortunately the search is over, but in the course of looking for our dream home, we were treated to a few – shall we say – interesting approaches to decorating. These screaming, shrieking examples of what NOT to do,...

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The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

Great video from NBC’s Today Show. Some of America’s top financial experts dicuss why right NOW is one of the best times in recent history to buy a home. They urge folks not to wait (with the hope mortgage rates may go lower). Rates are actually still extrememly low and with very low home prices in many markets across the country, now truly is a great time to buy.

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Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Bonds rallied on Friday and are up again this morning on the news of more conflict in Libya which is driving folks to the relative safety of Treasuries. The conflict in Libya is driving oil prices higher too, which also benefits Treasuries on concern that the higher gasoline prices will strain our economic recovery. Economic data released this week includes the ISM reports along with the unemployment report.

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Budgeting for Home Improvements:  Smart Tips For Projects Big or Small

Budgeting for Home Improvements: Smart Tips For Projects Big or Small

Whether it’s upgrading your fixtures, creating a new use for an underutilized room or knocking down a wall to expand your space, you could start or even complete projects before spring, a.k.a. home improvement season, arrives. With the right approach to finances and a savvy eye for off-season deals, it’s possible to make your current home your dream home – at least for now.

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Quicken Loans Sets the Record Straight on West Virginia Court Decision

Quicken Loans Sets the Record Straight on West Virginia Court Decision

Detroit, Mich. – Feb. 24, 2011 - Based on the incredible unconscionable facts and events you will read below, Quicken Loans will certainly appeal this gross miscarriage of justice as well as ask federal authorities to conduct an investigation into all of the persons and parties in the state of West Virginia whose inexplicable actions have resulted in the irrational and incomprehensible result that will most assuredly be overturned. The Facts In May 2006, Lourie Brown (now Lourie Jefferson) filled out an online inquiry seeking to refinance her property. As a result of that online inquiry, she received calls from several lenders, including Quicken Loans (QL). Ms. Brown moved ahead with QL by completing a full loan application. When the full application was received at QL, Ms. Brown estimated the value of her property to be $250,000. This seemed reasonable based on the fact QL was provided an insurance certificate that this 4,200 square foot colonial located in Wheeling, WV was currently insured for over $374,000. Based on this preliminary information and an assessment of her goals and objectives, Quicken Loans proposed a loan in the amount $112,850 (or less than 50% of Ms. Brown’s own estimated value of her home). After receiving Ms. Brown’s full application, an appraisal on the property was ordered from a local qualified licensed appraiser. The appraiser conducted a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the property and determined that the market value of the property was $181,700, far below the value…

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Fed Expected to Auction $29B of 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Fed Expected to Auction $29B of 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Treasuries opened up higher this morning on more news out of Libya which has also pushed oil over $100 per barrel. The Fed is expected to auction $29 billion of 7-year notes later today. In economic news, both initial and continuing jobless claims fell more than predicted, and the durable goods report showed that orders rose 2.7 percent, which was in line with consensus estimates.

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